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Ohanaeze Blasts Buhari For Underrating The Igbo, Calls For Restructuring |The Republican News

By Asogwu Clinton

Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s President-General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, assaulted President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to enforce the community study established by the All Progressive Congress, APC, to restructure the nation.

The APC had set up a committee on restructuring headed by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai and they came up with the report that was accepted by the national leadership of the party.

Nwodo said the President has not been faithful to his manifesto, adding that he (Buhari) is looking for his own personal interest.

Nwodo, speaking on Arise TV, said the military carefully structured the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Ndigbo.

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo President-General noted that the constitution was based on extreme discrimination and jaundiced against the Igbo people.

“The military designed a constitution at the end of the war to contain the Igbo.

“We have the smallest number of local governments of all the six geopolitical zones; smallest number of representatives in the National Assembly; the smallest number of local government councils, two states in the North West of Nigeria have as much local governments as we have in the South East,” he said.

“The president was not loyal to his manifesto. His party set up a reorganization committee led by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, after winning the election, and they made this report as approved by his party’s domestic management,” he added.

“And when he faced interviewed by the press, he said that our problem was not structure but process.

“He swallowed his policy platform ; he swallowed his domestic executive committee’s choice, and he says we seek our private interest. Rather, it is the president who seeks his own private interest,” Nwodo said.

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Restructuring Nigeria Not Inviolable, Says Bauchi Governor

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Bauchi State governor, Mohammad Abubakar

 

Jide Charles, Makurdi

Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has said the agitation for the restructuring of the country is not sacrosanct.

Abubakar spoke with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday after inaugurating his five-point health agenda called “Lafiya Garkuwa”.

The governor was asked to give his opinion on whether restructuring would solve many of the problems currently plaguing Nigeria.

He said, “One of the problems of Nigeria is that the elites choose to pick on certain terms and they latch on to them and keep on repeating them. One of such terms is restructuring. You see, one of the most beautiful systems of governance is a constitutional democracy, particularity the type with a written constitution being operated by Nigeria.

“All the parameters have been stated therein. So, if you need to do any adjustment, you can do that adjustment within the same constitution.

“I am certain that all those people agitating for the restructuring of Nigeria if the amendment of the constitution that is being attempted now would look at the exclusive legislative list contained in the constitution and do a little adjustment of that list, it would serve all these agitations for restructuring.

“So, there is nothing sacrosanct about the word restructuring; we have a constitutional democracy, we have a scheme provided by that constitution for the amendment of the constitution itself. And thank God, as we are talking, there are efforts now in place by the two chambers of the National Assembly to amend the constitution.

“I think what Nigerians should be agitating for is to ensure that this attempt looks at the exclusive legislative list with a view to releasing those functions that are co-state functions such as the areas of population. For example, agriculture happens in the states only. The Federal Government has no land where they would do agriculture. So, if you tinker with the exclusive legislative list, I think it will satisfy the agitation for restructuring.”

The PUNCH reports that a former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University and a member of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, had said the component units of the federation should find it convenient to go their separate ways if Nigerians found it difficult to live together.  (Punchng.com)

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